Pawtucket bridge fire delays Amtrak service

(AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

PAWTUCKET, R.I. (WPRI) — A bridge that spans railroad tracks in Pawtucket caught fire Tuesday morning, delaying service along Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor.

The fire broke out on a condemned bridge at the end of Cole Street around 8:20 a.m., Pawtucket  fire officials confirmed for Eyewitness News.

Because high-voltage wires go under the bridge, firefighters could not use water to put out the flames. Instead, officials said crews had to wait 45 minutes for Amtrak to shut down electricity before they could put the fire out.

The fire halted train service along the Northeast corridor between Providence and New Haven for a couple of hours.

Fire officials said once the flames were out, Amtrak cleared the track of debris and engineers surveyed the bridge to make sure it was safe for train traffic to resume.

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